Well another Thanksgiving come and gone... Many things to be thankful for- including getting my house's payments back out of their in-arrears status that they've been in since the start of the painful saga of the downturn back 5 years ago.
It just goes to show you, just when you thought things were done...
I finish the VBO support fixes (the bug alluded to in the previous entry...) only to have a stupid network problem crop up. This one requires us to either jump through hoops to get it to work right or replace OpenPlay with something else. Well, I happen to have the something else in place, and I think it works, but now the silly thing crashes on start with at least Mandriva, but not Fedora Core. The burning joys of ABI issues with C++... We're getting something out, by hook or crook- and it's going to be to our standards. It's just that it's not happening like I'd thought it would in my last entry... :-)
Got the PCMCIA working with the stock Mandriva stuff (Why they defaulted to turning the support off, I don't know...), but I'm still out of the running on ATI support. Seems that while the drivers say they support ATI, it's apparently at least a little different with my setup the way it is... And, I still wish Broadcom would support us better- it'd be nice to not need my old Prism 2 card... The thing's really, really nice though. More than enough horsepower for most of what I need it for, DVD playback capabilities, four (!) USB2 slots, 1 Firewire, and niceties like being able to turn off the touchpad with the push of a button so that typing (like this) isn't an arduous task becuse of the touchpad taking the occasional tap from your hands as a mouse move and messing up your work.